Cake Candle Project
By Bob Sherman
This is another article revived from my 1998 archives due to increased interest in rustic and primitive candle styles lately. It has been modernized and rewritten to match its new home at One Stop Candle. This is a very simple, fun technique that provides a heavily textured candle. This technique provides a texture reminiscent cake frosting, hence the name cake candles.
These are easy to make but may take a bit of practice to get perfect results each time. This is also a great technique for your "cosmetically challenged" candles as it will hide any blemishes. The nice thing about this is that you can go over the candle as much as needed to obtain the desired effect.
Most of the items you may need can be ordered directly from this page for your convenience. The Materials list is at the bottom of the page.
PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety Rules before attempting any candle making projects.
This candle uses our basic pillar candle formula. Note that this formula makes a nice white wax without adding dye, however these look best when made with dark colors.
- 1 pound of 140 melt point paraffin wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) of scent oil - optional
- Dye as needed
- This technique uses a basic pillar candle so prepare a pillar candle of your choice.
- Once you have your pillar candle, melt some wax in the same color. Note that this technique tends to wash out the color a bit, so start with a darker shade than you actually want.
- Bring the wax to at least 170 degrees F. to allow the dye to dissolve, then remove it from the heat.
- One the wax has cooled enough for a surface film to form, it is time to start whipping the wax. An electric blender is much easier for this, although you can do it manually with a whisk.
- The whipping process will take approximately 15 - 20 minutes from this stage. Whip the wax, let it sit for a few minutes, whip some more, let it sit, etc... Repeat until you can pick up a nice amount of frothy wax with the brush. Note that the consistency used for this is largely a matter of personal preference so experiment a bit.
- Optional, but recommended - Dip the candle in the wax.and hold for 30 seconds. This will help the whipped wax adhere better since wax sticks best to warm wax.
- Dip the brush and apply the whipped wax to the candle with a dabbing motion. Generally you will want to work one area until the wax grabs well before moving to the next area.
- Dip the brush after every couple dabs.
- Continue applying wax until the you are satisfied with the texture and the candle is covered with texture.
Candle Making Supplies And Materials
The following candle making supplies and other materials were used to make this candle. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description.
- Mold - Any style of your choice, however I recommend a metal or seamless 3 inch diameter round.
- 140 MP paraffin Wax - Enough to make as many candles as desired.
- Vybar 103 - Used at 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.
- Dye Blocks or Dye Flakes - In the desired colors.
- Scent Oil - Optional - used at 1 ounce per pound of wax.
- Wick - For a 3 inch candle I use a #1 square braid wick. If you are using a different size or different ingredients you may need a different wick.
- Melting / Pouring Pot - One.
- Thermometer - One.
- Brush - An old, worn house painting brush works best and my preferred size is 3 to 4 inches wide. The more worn and splayed out it is, the better the brush will work for this technique. Note that it should have natural hair or nylon since cheap synthetic bristles may melt from the hot wax.
- Blender or Whisk - An electric hand blender or a whisk will be needed to whip the wax. You will not want to use this for food afterwards so try to find one at a thrift shop or garage sale.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing. originally published in 1998 and uptdated in March 2006 and June 2011. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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